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About thirteenthman

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  1. Darts? I thought the BBC only showed the BDO World Championship in January? That only lasts for 8 days. I honestly don't see how not showing that will make any serious dent in the overall budget.
  2. Looks like a bi-annual affair. Found an Aussie report and a link to the groups official Facebook page (which does have a few pics of the tour in 2013):-
  3. Both of those articles refer to 'peak figures'. The Barb figures for the 1st test quoted in the OP are the average for the whole game, so not comparable. Also, the 1st test was shown on BBC2 which (for reasons I've never quite understood) leads to a smaller audience.
  4. The relevant Rothmans says Bradford beat NZ on October 6th and Cas beat the Kiwis on October 12th. The Cas game was 2 days after the Kiwis beat Wigan and 4 days before losing to GB at Wembley. In 1998, the SL GF was played on October 24th - just a week later they played the first test. Given that the Kiwis played Australia in Auckland on October 16th, it didn't leave them much time for any other games anyway.
  5. Steve Mascord stated it in one of his columns a couple of weeks back. Apparently, of the teams who made the play offs, only the Bulldogs weren't interested in coming over, so it was the 2 Grand finalists and the next highest placed in the league.
  6. According to that article, the Welsh management have been aware for a while he wouldn't be playing this year:- To be fair, his only appearances for Wales have been in the 2011 Four Nations and the 2013 World Cup, so I'd be surprised to see him turn out for the Welsh before 2017.
  7. It wasn't a bad team at all, just badly coached. Some of the Kiwi players openly criticised the coach after the series finished which led to him being sacked. As for this year, yes the Kiwis have more strength in depth than they did a few years back, but lets be honest, losing both Johnson and Foran is going to cause them problems. There isn't a raft of quality Kiwi 6's and 7's to choose from.
  8. The NRL clubs will be the Roosters, Broncos and Cowboys - the 2 from the GF and next highest placed. Apparently only the Bulldogs out of the last 8 weren't interested in coming over.
  9. I wouldn't argue that there is a great amount of skill involved in what Melbourne do. It's fantastic coaching to continually produce a team that can do what they do to a high standard most weeks. And Koribete and Munster are exciting talents. But for me, the way the Storm play, produced some of the most sterile, lifeless games I've seen this year. They do what they do very well, but it doesn't appeal to me. It'll be fascinating to see who makes it through this weekend to play the Storm, and to see how they go about trying to overcome Melbourne's tactics.
  10. It can. If the Roosters and Cowboys win this weekend, it'll be Storm v Cowboys and Broncos v Roosters in week 3, meaning Broncos v Cowboys is still possible for the GF.
  11. I hope not. The Storm have to be one of the most boring teams to watch. I genuinely can't see them making it to the GF, but you never know. Another Broncos v Cowboys match would do nicely, although I'll be surprised if the Roosters don't make it.
  12. Regards TV viewing figures, the data for the first weekend was as follows: - Wigan v Hudd Thurs SS1 - 117k Leeds v Warr Fri SS3 - 141k Leigh v Hull KR Sat SS1 - 139k So on there was a very good audience for that first game in the Middle 8's. With regards the OP, in August 2014 there were 20 SL matches played and in all but 5 of those games the crowd was lower than the home teams season average. Of the 5 that were better than average, 4 came on the last weekend of August and included Leeds v Saints and the Hull derby.
  13. Too many big scores and not enough defence in the Holden Cup, appears to be the issue. I also read somewhere that cost (inevitably) was an issue for the clubs, hence them organising it more on state lines. BTW, the article the OP refers to doesnt look much like a blueprint to me, more a lot of guess work and wishful thinking. Too many ifs and maybes.
  14. I'd agree with your point about the 'new window' for International RL at the end of the season being garbage, simply because we already have an end of season window. As for the Aussies scrapping mid season internationals, well they're not. What they are doing is scrapping their own involvement in them, which is very disappointing. Hopefully, the Anzac Test may be played annually in October instead. And Origin wont get better viewing figures on a Sunday night, as they've tried this before and it always rates better mid week . It does mean that NZ and the Pacific nations now have a weekend mid season where they can play whoever. What is a pity is that the calls for NZ to play England will probably be ignored because we've completely closed up any gap in the calendar for a mid season international, and I very much doubt the SL clubs would agree to releasing their best players for a mid season jaunt to NZ or even to play the Kiwis here.
  15. It's unfortunate for the good folk of Darwin who payed good money to sit through it. What a fall for the Panthers. Top 4 last year, now bottom 4. The battle for the wooden spoon looks like going right down to the wire. Kick of the day has to be that JT effort to set Beale up for his try in the Sharks v Cowboys game. Pinpoint accuracy - just a shame they're not on the same team though.